Billecart-Salmon Cuvée Nicolas François 2006

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£112.95 per bottle
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Cuvée Nicolas François is made from solely Grand Cru fruit sourced from the classified Côte des Blancs vineyards (Chardonnay) and the Montagne de Reims (Pinot Noir). Its vinification, partially in traditional oak casks, underpins the generous character of this fine, elegant and rich wine. The balance of a tension controlled by the blossoming of the wine (preserved peaches, fine apple tart and lemon verbana tea) and embodied by the line of noble flavours (fresh figs and exceptional teas). It maintains a consistency reflecting a distinct personality and retains a power controlled by a well integrated low dosage.

Taste & Aroma

Cuvée Nicolas François is made from solely Grand Cru fruit sourced from the classified Côte des Blancs vineyards (Chardonnay) and the Montagne de Reims (Pinot Noir). Its vinification, partially in traditional oak casks, underpins the generous character of this fine, elegant and rich wine. The balance of a tension controlled by the blossoming of the wine (preserved peaches, fine apple tart and lemon verbana tea) and embodied by the line of noble flavours (fresh figs and exceptional teas). It maintains a consistency reflecting a distinct personality and retains a power controlled by a well integrated low dosage.

Producer

Billecart-Salmon Champagne is among the world's most famous names in fine wine. Delicacy and purity have sustained the ability of this family-owned house to produce remarkable wines for nearly 200 years. With its home in the village of Mareuil-sur-Ay it is understated yet confident, positioning itself in only the finest retailers and dining establishments around the globe. These are wines not to be found in one’s local supermarket! 

The family’s own vineyards provide most of the fruit needed to make its various labels with the rest provided by fastidious growers who work to Billecart-Salmon’s exacting standards. Special cultured yeasts from the estate ensure that the cool fermentation process is unhurried and prolonged ageing on the lees thereafter guarantees that every cuvée has complexity and substance. 

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Region

The Champagne region is one of the country’s most important wine regions and has been producing champagne for over 1000 years. South of Reims, Épernay is the capital and main trading ground for the area. French wine laws state that only sparkling wines from this region can be labelled as Champagne and they must adhere to strict appellation standards. 

The chalky soil (good for both water retention and also drainage) is perfect for the grapes needed for Champagne; Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay. Unlike the southern regions of France, Champagne has a mild, steady climate with low levels of sunshine with the ideal amount of rain. Wines from this region command high prices, often considerably more than other sparkling wines. We recommend Billecart Salmon Cuvee Brut Sous Bois or Egly Ouriet Blanc de Noirs Grand Cru.

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Zalto Denk-Art Champagne Glass

Brilliant for Sauternes, Barsac and all types of. Although several Champagne style wines work very well in other glasses such as The Universal Glass, the Zalto Champagne Glass is perfect for all types of sparkling wine and great for those who prefer the traditional flute.

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